Originally this was going to be a sculpture about the recent credit crisis. A bloated microscale city is delicately propped up and disconnected from the real world underneath. At any moment society can change with far reaching effects, seemingly without warning. But after building it that idea seemed a little vague so I've decided to focus on the idea of overconsumption. We are already consuming more resources that the planet can replenish. How far can we grow before it all tips over?
Well, if you read my comment I posted about 30 seconds before this one on your COOL machine moc, you will see the funny coincidence that I stumbled upon this right after. I agree with both points. For the past 3 years I've been gathering knowledge while spending a lot of time just thinking, and the human race in general has been my focal point. It's like there is this huge black cloud looming over everyone's head but everyone wants to ignore it, and mentioning it is almost taboo, granted there is a new movement starting to tackle some of the massive problems humans are piling up. However it's near impossible to fix the problem of "overconsumption", nothing short of worldwide revolution will do, not to mention the problem of all the waste we create when overconsuming that we have no system for taking care of. We try to find good leaders to make the important decisions, but then comes power and corruption and self-interest. We tried communism but then come the cries of the individual to determine his own fate. There needs to be a huge restructuring of the entire system by which humans sustain their race. Everything needs to be organized, from how we produce food, to how we control waste. There needs to be a system which governs the entire human race that accounts for every little problem and provides solutions. The problem is an ultimate goal, what would such a race keep sustaining itself for? What would it be working towards? That is the key problem. Christians believe in god and heaven, so they are only concerned with living a good life, pleasing their god, and getting into heaven, they aren't concerned with the state of the world in 150 years because to them, god will take care of everything. So that's about a billion people who probably wouldn't go along with that system... Ah, sorry got a bit carried away, I didn't mean to use your moc page for this reason, even if the subject is similar :P. Great moc, again, nothing short of art.
I'm sure you were trying to send a message here but I couldn't hear you over me dumping all these used water bottles and plastic 6 pack holders in this landfill over here... I would leave a better comment but I'm going to the country this weekend to drive my SUV through the woods and toss beer bottles out the window at owls. (Message was well recieved Shanno, nice work) ~ Chris.
December 28, 2008
I like thought provoking MOC's and this definitely fits the bill. The microscale work is top-notch as well.
I like it
December 28, 2008
The VERY first picture reminds me of a chicken, or some sort of avian. ...just saying.
cool!, i saw this on flickr, hehe, i like the idea,.
Very nice, and what is wrong with Mr. Sterling, why rate a 1 smiley, when you give him a good review(which is well deserved...the review i mean.), that is just dumb m8.
We once marveled at how high we could build into the sky, but now, as civilization sits at the brink of collapse, we realize we ignored the very foundation of our civilizations and cities, the earth. Cool sculpture Ocean.
@ Dylan, He gets to do that because he's a Ginnie Pig for Sean's new changes & report back to him like a good little lab rat with all the highs & lows :D... Anyways like I said before, you have some mad magic skills going on under that city!
Shannon? How the heck did you rate your own MOC 0/5?! Well anyways, this is excellent! Has a sense of symbolism to it revolving around the "big business" of the town to stay supported. Great work! Very clever :D
Cool MOC, Shan. IMO, LEGO's chemical makeup adds to the commentary of this creation, too. (the chemicals in LEGO are derivatives of petroleum and coal). It's easy as individuals to be "sustainability-concious," but for our culture to change it's going to be tough. Always good to see a reminder, no matter how small!
I'm not sure I would get the idea from just the pics but the sentiment is something I agree with. We, humans, are consuming with no regard for the future. "Yea!" for living now. Hope some of you young kids can figure out how to make the world a better place. I know I feel I have failed. Oh, well, I'm off to the LEGO store in the Mall of America to buy some clearance sets. see ya. garth.